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The Conversation 02/26/2020 00:25
Public representation of science in the media still struggles to reflect the true diversity of those who work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). According to the , women are quoted as sources in just 33% of science news stories. However, this figure is based on 19 articles collected within a much broader study, of which science news was not a focus. To really understand the diversity of STEM representation in the media, we need a bigger sample. Some masters students and I collected a representative sample of 655 articles published in Australia’s mainstream and science news media during 2018. In the case of international media companies with an Australian presence, we looked at articles posted on their Australian edit.
The Conversation 02/26/2020 00:01
Australia is the world’s – a fact that generates intense debate as climate change intensifies. While the economy is heavily reliant on coal and gas export revenues, these fuels create substantial greenhouse gas emissions when burned overseas. Australia doesn’t currently export renewable energy. But an ambitious new solar project is poised to change that. The proposed project envisions a (with about 22 gigawatt-hours of battery storage) laid out across 15,000 hectares near Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory. Power generated will supply Darwin and be exported to Singapore via a 3,800km cable slung across the seafloor. Sun Cable, and similar projects in the pipeline, would tap into the country’s vast renewable energy resources. They prom.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 22:12
Shutterstock. Global investment company Goldman Sachs recently it would only take startups public if they had at least one diverse board member. In New Zealand, a new KiwiSaver fund, CareSaver, it would only invest in listed companies that had women on boards. Corporate diversity is an for big market players, but without proper policies such informal quotas will lead to token appointments of diverse candidates.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 21:31
AAP/Darren England. Words matter. Especially when you are the director-general of security and head of ASIO. Barely three months into the post, and delivering his first , Mike Burgess spoke with evident care and precision, promising to be “as open and frank with you as I can be about what we do and why we do it”. Burgess spoke about the ASIO is dealing with: terrorism and foreign interference. “Violent Islamic extremism of the type embodied by the Islamic State and al Qaeda and their offshoots will remain our first concern,” he said, before adding, “but we are also seeing other actors operating in the terrorism arena.”Burgess continued:. Intolerance based on race, gender and identity, and the extreme political views that intolerance inspires.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 21:24
Priscilla du Preez/Unsplash. In today’s terms, June Dally-Watkins was Australia’s OG () . The of a single mother, Dally-Watkins came from humble rural beginnings and found fame as a young model in 1950s Sydney. She turned this fame into a fortune, using her profile to start a chain of finishing and deportment schools for young women and, later, young men. , which still operate today, taught catwalk strutting, posing for photographs, and make-up application. She taught models how to win beauty pageants and taught men how to court like gentlemen. And she made a lot of money doing it. Dally-Watkins earlier this week, and is being remembered as a strict yet charming teacher and a very successful businesswoman. The legacy of Dally-Watkins and wha.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 14:04
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese sought to claim the climate policy high ground last week with to a net-zero emissions target by 2050. But from the Department of the Environment and Energy help frame the political debate, and put the policies of both Labor and the Coalition in context. Read more:. Australia’s emissions fell from 611 million tonnes of CO₂-equivalent in 2005 to 532 million tonnes in 2019 – an average annual reduction of 5.6 million tonnes. But the show this will slow to an average of only 2.4 million tonnes per year over the next 10 years. Achieving Labor’s target of would require much faster emissions reduction: about 25 million tonnes a year. putting a price on carbon is the best way to meet this objective in a low-cost wa.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 14:02
Shutterstock. The Australian government touts compulsory income management as a way to stop welfare payments being spent on alcohol, drugs or gambling. The Howard government introduced the more than a decade ago. About 22,500 welfare recipients now use it, mostly in the Northern Territory. Now the Coalition government has big plans for a more versatile , trialled on about 12,700 people in four regional communities in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. These trials aren’t complete, nor the findings compiled, but a string of senior ministers, including , have indicated they are already sold on expanding the program. Read more:. , however, that compulsory income-management policies do as much harm as good. Financial (in)stability.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 14:01
Mental health inpatient units should be safe and healing places. But we’ve found women staying in these units are being by men. These are mostly men also staying on the ward, but can be partners or ex-partners, or male staff. Our recent on gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units in Victoria shows many women don’t feel safe in these environments. Further, women in mental health services commonly already have histories of trauma, including family violence and sexual assault. Read more:. The scope of the problem. Studies in and confirm sexual assault is occurring in mental health wards. But data collection is patchy and reporting is inconsistent between states and territories, so we don’t know exactly how widespread the issue is.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 14:00
Christina Neudorf. ,. Author provided. About 74,000 years ago a volcanic eruption at what is now Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, created one of the most dramatic natural disasters of the past 2 million years. The plume of the eruption punched 30 kilometres or more into the sky, eventually blanketing much of India and parts of Africa in a . Some scientists the eruption plunged Earth into a six-year “volcanic winter” followed by a thousand-year cooling of the planet’s surface. The long chill, the argument goes, may have resulted in the near extinction of our own species. One says the eruption was a key event in human evolution. If this is right, the few human survivors in Africa would have developed more sophisticated social, symbolic and econo.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 13:58
Wes Mountain/The Conversation. ,. is a growing source of revenue for Australian universities. It’s essential to advancing quality research, equity and learning. On average, Australia’s top five fundraising universities receive nearly 20 times more donation revenue than their peers. Donations A$476 million per year. This is a significant contribution compared to the $2.6 billion the federal government invests into research grants. Australian research is breaking new ground in , , the preservation of , , , , and supporting young people with . Each of us will at some stage in our lives be directly impacted, and benefited by, the work of researchers and educators working in Australian universities. Read more:. However, the way donation revenue is
The Conversation 02/25/2020 13:57
The assumption that retired people have minimal housing costs underpins the settings of our retirement incomes system. But the real state of housing for older Australians today makes it critical for the to look at the evidence that now challenges this assumption. When announcing the , federal government ministers the critical role of the home in a good retirement by including it in the third pillar of the system, voluntary saving. The fact is the soaring costs of land and housing in Australia over the past three decades have effectively destroyed the asset base on which our retirement income system relies. Read more:. The of home owners aged 55 to 64 years who owe money on a mortgage has more than tripled from 14% in 1990 to 47% in 2015. The.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 13:53
Decla-Bioscop AG. Berlin. February 26 1920. A new silent film, , is released to unsuspecting German audiences and quickly becomes a worldwide sensation. “When will I die?” asks one character to another. “At first dawn” is the chilling reply. Werner Krauss plays Dr. Caligari, a demented hypnotist who uses a somnambulist, Cesare (Conrad Veidt), to commit horrific murders. But wait! All is not as it seems. In the film’s still stunning twist ending, the whole story is revealed to be the mad ramblings of a mentally ill inmate in a lunatic asylum. So, 100 years on, why does The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari continue to shock? Spirits surround us on every side. A milestone in the evolution of the horror genre, Robert Wiene’s brisk 75-minute masterpiece sh.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 08:53
Photographer Ansel Adams poses on a bluff with his camera. Ansel Adams’ bold, black-and-white landscapes of the American wilderness are so iconic that most people know an Adams photograph when they see it. You might be surprised to learn that Adams didn’t learn his craft by attending an elite art institution or by apprenticing with a master photographer. My new book, "," charts Adams’ early years, demonstrating how this self-taught expert learned from experience to identify his audience, hone his message and imbue his photographs with drama and emotion.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 08:52
Gigi Bryant, looking up to her dad on the court in 2016. Women have made great strides in the world of sports over the past 50 years. Especially in some individual sports, female champion athletes today earn far more money and command a much bigger audience than their predecessors – thanks to breakthroughs by tennis champions like and top golfers such as . We are fans of women’s basketball and scholars who study the and .
The Conversation 02/25/2020 08:52
President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad, India. President Donald Trump visit to India by addressing a rally of more than 100,000 people on Feb. 24 in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat. Trump the thousands of cheering Indians who greeted him "an incredible trade deal" and "the most feared military equipment on the planet.".
The Conversation 02/25/2020 08:52
42% of media coverage of the 2016 election focused on the horserace. Polls have become an essential part of the news, particularly in the run-up to an election. Reports on polls feed into what’s often called – who is ahead or behind, whether the candidates’ relative standing has changed since the last poll, and what their chances are of winning on election day. What the reporting on polls doesn’t reveal is anything substantive about a candidate’s position.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 04:54
The inquiry into allegations of misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan is examining 55 separate incidents or issues, according to the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force report, tabled Tuesday. These involve “predominantly” allegations of unlawful killings of non-combatants or those no longer combatants, the report says, but also allegations of cruelty. The IGADF has been conducting the inquiry since 2016 “to determine whether there is any substance to rumours and allegations” that members of the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan may have breached the law during 2005-2016. Originally ordered by then army chief Angus Campbell, the inquiry is led by Justice Paul Brereton, and so far has examined 338 wi.
The Conversation 02/25/2020 01:20
Drinking patterns tend to change as we age. The older we get, the . But older adults often perceive that drinking is only a problem if a person appears drunk. Australia’s recommend healthy adults drink no more than ten standard drinks per week and no more than four in a day. This is down from 14 standard drinks per week in the and no more than two standard drinks in any one day. Anything above this is considered risky drinking because it , such as cancer, and injuries. Between 2007 and 2016, there was a in risky drinking among Australians aged 60-69. In 2016, drank at risky levels. Among women, are now more likely to drink at risky levels (13%) than any other age group, including women aged 18 to 24 years (12.8%). Read more:. Older adults ar.

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